Underlining “the urgency of stopping the expansion of the e-commerce giant”, politicians, unions, but also booksellers or publishers demanded, this Monday in a column published on Franceinfo, an exceptional tax on sales from Amazon and “the other profiteers of the health crisis”.
“The rebellion that is mounting everywhere in France must still grow, because the world dreamed by Amazon is in total contradiction with the deep aspiration to decent lives on a livable planet”, estimate the 120 signatories, who intend to mobilize “of here on November 27, the date of Black Friday, to show the urgency of stopping the expansion of the e-commerce giant before it is too late ”.
“A world of predatory overconsumption”
The platform is carried by Attac, of which the spokespersons Aurélie Found, Raphaël Pradeau and Maxime Combes are signatories. Also signatories: publishers, economists, trade unionists (including the secretary general of the CGT Philippe Martinez and that of the FSU Benoît Teste), heads of NGOs (including the director general of Greenpeace France Jean-François Julliard and the president Friends of the Earth Khaled Gaïji) or the spokesperson for the Confédération paysanne Nicolas Girod.
But also deputies and officials of political parties (including the leader of LFI Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the national secretary of the PCF Fabien Roussel, the boss of EELV Julien Bayou), as well as municipal councilors and mayors, in particular those, EELV , from Grenoble and Besançon Eric Piolle and Anne Vignot. “The Covid crisis should serve us to thoroughly rethink our modes of consumption and social life, not to sink us into a world of predatory overconsumption”, they consider.
Emmanuel Macron accused of rolling out the red carpet at Amazon
Denouncing the social and environmental damage of the American company, they believe that “to face the emergency, an exceptional tax on the turnover of Amazon and other profiteers of the crisis is (…) essential”. This “would make it possible immediately to finance measures to preserve employment and the solidarity fund for local businesses. “If Amazon is the” big winner of the crisis “,” this accelerated development is happening at the expense of our country’s climate commitments “, but also” wage demands “which” are swept away with a wave of the hand “, and” the destruction of thousands of jobs in local shops ”.
They accuse President Macron of “rolling out the red carpet” for the company, by “prohibiting (s) everyone from selling non-essential products except… to the giants of online sales! “. “By making this choice, the president is designing a world after worse than before. That of a security capitalism dominated by the Gafa ”, they accuse. In addition to the exceptional tax, the signatories defend the moratorium on the construction of new commercial areas proposed by the Citizen’s Convention on the climate and denounce the government’s desire to exclude the warehouses of e-commerce companies.